ICYMI April 8-13: Caring about the troops, School security, Money for homeless vets, USS Truman deploys, A pregnant orangutan

NORFOLK  — Troopster is an organization that accepts donations and sends care packages to military service members on deployment. On April 11, Troopster opened a new location in Norfolk. It will offer opportunities for the community to get involved with Troopster’s mission, and will expand the organization’s mission to supply troops with comfort packages. READ MORE.

Caring about the troops just got easier in Hampton Roads

VIRGINIA BEACH — City Public Schools officials are forming a panel of security experts — which will include military personnel and Virginia Beach Police — to provide the school board with recommendations on improving security in the city’s schools. READ MORE.

Virginia Beach schools seeks advice from military, police on security

VIRGINIA BEACH — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs granted $39,161 to the city’s department of housing and neighborhood preservation to provide a permanent home for five additional veterans experiencing homelessness in Virginia Beach. READ MORE.

More veterans households in Virginia Beach will receive housing support

NORFOLK — The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group left Naval Station Norfolk for what Navy officials say was for a regularly scheduled deployment. The USS Harry S. Truman, an aircraft carrier, is the lead ship of the strike group. READ MORE.

Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman deploys from Norfolk

NORFOLK  — The Virginia Zoo is home to four orangutans. Both Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered. One of the zoo’s female orangutans is pregnant. This will be the first offspring for the 18-year-old Bornean orangutan, who is expected to deliver the baby in mid-June to early July. READ MORE.

She’s red, furry, and she’s having a baby


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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.